Thursday, July 31, 2008

Coleridge Highways Issues - On the case

Following a successful tour of Coleridge with the Cambridge South highways supervisor from the County Council last week, I raised a number of issues where there should now be some action:

Kelvin Close and Tiverton Way footpaths will be considered for a slurry seal next year to fix the broken up surfaces.

Cherry Hinton Road (opposite Budgens) drainage will have a more thorough examination of what is causing the problems, which needs to wait until EDF have finished their works.

Cherry Hinton Rd road surface repairs have been reported to Street Works and they should be getting the relevant service company in to make these defects safe.

Birdwood Road drop kerb repairs are ordered and being chased up with contractors, so works should be done shortly.

Missing safety railing on Perne Road roundabout is being ordered and will be refixed once it has arrived.

Radegund Road drainage (pavements at bottom of road near the shops) has been cleaned out. ADC the drainage contractor has identified a broken pipe and root damaged which has had a order raised to fix.

I have also made a couple of suggestions that I hope the Council can look into:

Putting small stickers on safety railings near junctions (e.g. Cherry Hinton Road and Hills Road) asking people to contact the Council if they see railings being struck - these railings are there to protect pedestrians, but there isn't enough money in the budgets to pay for replacements where they have been hit and bent but are still functional. If all accidents are reported promptly to the Council, it can be investigated to find out if the police are aware who is responsible for the damage and seek to claim costs of replacement back from the reckless drivers who would have mounted the pavement if it wasn't for the railings.

Finally, I am hoping to arrange a cycling trip around South Cambridge with the highways supervisor as this is the best way to identify the damaged road surfaces (Like Hills Road) that are causing cyclists real problems, to help prioritise road repairs.

If any local residents are aware of other highways maintenance issues, please be in touch and I try to get some action on your concerns.

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